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Chinese Buffet Crab Casserole

Chinese Buffet Crab Casserole

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When I go out to eat at the Chinese Buffet here, I can't help but get their crab casserole, it's so good and I never pass it up. This recipe captures all the great flavors of the dish and this crab casserole is  so easy to make. This is so good you can also use it as a dip, great for lunches or everyday meals.  You could even make it ahead and use it for lunch at work (pack with Ritz crackers or corn chips) Yum~  Serving a crowd? This imitation crab meat casserole is so easy to double or triple

You Will Need

1/2 pound imitation crab meat

1  medium onion sliced thin 

1 package cream cheese

1/2 cup mayonnaise

2 cups Fiesta Cheese (divided)

1 tsp minced garlic

1 tsp onion powder

1/4 cup sour cream

1 tsp soy sauce

Pepper to taste

aluminum foil

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What is Imitation Crab Meat?

Crab sticks, crab sticks, imitation crab meat or seafood sticks are a type of seafood made of starch and finely pulverized white fish that has been shaped and cured to resemble the leg meat of snow crab or Japanese spider crab. It is a product that uses fish meat to imitate shellfish meat. Imitation crab is cooked, so it is usually safe for a pregnant woman to eat. However, it is crucial to ask if there are other raw products in foods, such as sushi, before eating them. Imitation crab is typically less expensive than real crab and contains Pollock, egg whites, artificial flavoring, and sugar.

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1. Cut crab meat into bite size pieces. 

2. In a bowl add cream cheese, mayonnaise, 1 cup cheese, minced garlic, onion powder, sour cream, soy sauce, and pepper mix well.

3. Slice onion into thin slices 

4 Add crab meat and onion to mixture and mix well

5. Place mixture into an 8x8 casserole dish (cover with aluminum foil) 

6. Bake on 350 for 30 min

7. Remove foil and broil for 4 min (or until you like the color of the top)

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Recipe Variations

  • Real Crab – you could get fancy and use real crab meat but it might be overwhelmed by the cheese and cream cheese – so you might want to use a little less of those. It would be a lot pricier casserole as well and the Chinese buffet always uses imitation. 

  • Shrimp – cooked shrimp would be a good swap for the imitation crab meat as well

  • Veggies – you could also add in finely diced green pepper and celery.


How do you store & reheat leftover crab casserole?

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
    Reheat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. 

Can you freeze Imitation Crab Casserole?

  • I wouldn’t put this in the freezer. There’s a lot of dairy in this it could separate,  it’s much better fresh. You can reheat it though!  Great for make ahead lunches, add a few Ritz Crackers or Tortilla chips and use it as a wonderful hot dip.  

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